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Kobayashi Cruises To Career-Biggest Title In St Louis

Emerson Racquet Club Pro
Women's Draw
09-13 Apr, St Louis, Usa, $10k
Round One
10 Apr 
11 Apr
12 Apr
13 Apr
[1] Emily Whitlock (Eng)
11-8, 5-11, 11-8, 11-5
[Q] Millie Tomlinson (Eng)
Emily Whitlock
11-9, 11-6, 11-8
Lucie Fialova
Emily Whitlock
13-11, 4-11, 12-10, 11-9
Misaki Kobayashi
Misaki Kobayashi
11-6, 11-7, 11-7
Samantha Cornett
[8] Lucie Fialova (Cze)
11-7, 11-8, 11-5
[Q] Giselle Delgado (Chi)
[6] Samantha Teran (Mex)
11-9, 11-3, 11-7
Tong Tsz-Wing (Hkg)
Samantha Teran
12-10, 11-9, 11-6
Misaki Kobayashi
[3] Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)
11-2, 11-5, 11-2
Cecilia Cortes (Usa)
[Q] Diana Garcia (Mex)
11-4, 11-9, 11-4
[4] Samantha Cornett (Can)
Samantha Cornett
9-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-7, 11-5
Liu Tsz-Ling
Samantha Cornett
11-9, 10-12, 11-2, 11-7
Amanda Landers-Murphy
Cyrielle Peltier (Fra)
11-7, 12-10, 11-5
[6] Liu Tsz-Ling (Hkg)
[Q] Nayelly Hernandez (Mex)
11-6, 11-5, 11-9
[7] Amanda Landers-Murphy (Nzl)
Amanda Landers-Murphy
7-11, 11-4, 11-8, 13-11
Latasha Khan
Hollie Naughton (Can)
11-8, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9
[2] Latasha Khan (Usa)

RESULTS: Women's Emerson WSA Racquet Club Pro Series,
St Louis, Missouri, USA

Kobayashi Cruises To Career-Biggest Title
In St Louis

Japan's Misaki Kobayashi claimed the biggest Women's Squash Association World Tour title of her career after defeating Canadian Samantha Cornett in the final of the Emerson WSA Racquet Club Pro Series, the WSA Tour 10 event at St Louis Racquet Club in St Louis in the US state of Missouri.

The world No35 from Kanagawa - the highest highest-ranked Japanese woman of all-time - made her breakthrough in the semi-finals where she beat top seed Emily Whitlock, avenging her four-game defeat by the world No27 from England in the Greenwich Open earlier in the year.

In the other semi, North American hope Cornett, the No4 seed from Ottawa, ended the giant-killing run of Amanda Landers-Murphy - beating the seventh-seeded New Zealander who upset second-seeded American Latasha Khan in the previous round.

The final marked the pair's third Tour meeting - all of which had been on US soil.

Kobayashi was in sparkling form - the record-equalling five-time Japanese champion despatching reigning Canadian champion Cornett 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 to win the sixth WSA Tour title of her career.

"I'm happy with my first Tour 10 title, pleased with the way I performed throughout the tournament," said the jubilant 24-year-old afterwards. "This will build the confidence I needed.

"What make me even more happy is all those texts I received from my family and friends from all over the world!! I really appreciate the great support.

"But this journey is not ended yet - the Mayfair Open starts on Wednesday in Toronto. I'm hoping to keep the good form from here! Onwards and upwards!"

Multinational Quarters In St Louis

Players from eight different nations will contest the quarter-finals of the Emerson WSA Racquet Club Pro Series after all the seeds survived the opening round of the Women's Squash Association Tour 10 event at St Louis Racquet Club in St Louis in the US state of Missouri.

England's Emily Whitlock led the way - but the 20-year-old top seed was taken to four games by US-based compatriot Millie Tomlinson before overcoming the qualifier 11-8, 5-11, 11-8, 11-5.

Second seed Latasha Khan leads home interest in the championship. Winner of the club's inaugural WSA event in 2009, Seattle-based Khan also needed four games to see off Canadian Hollie Naughton 11-8, 11-7, 11-13, 11-9.

But Samantha Cornett ensured Canadian interest in the last eight after beating Mexican qualifier Diana Garcia 11-4, 11-9, 11-4.

Meanwhile No3 seed Misaki Kobayashi (pictured above with Cornett) made sure of ongoing Japanese involvement in the championship when she beat USA's Cecelia Cortes 11-2, 11-5, 11-2.